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Above Water

Dear members of the PAA,


You are invited to participate in a study assessing the game Above Water, developed by Rina R. Wehbe ( and team under the supervision of Dr. Lennart E. Nacke and Dr. Edward Lank at the University of Waterloo. Above Water is designed to help people learn about the stigma associated with clinical anxiety, specifically generalized anxiety and panic disorder.  


As an expert participant in this study, you will be asked to evaluate and provide feedback on Above Water (a card game with digital components), especially with respect to your thoughts on its use and other feedback based on your professional expertise. Participation in this study is voluntary, and we ask you to complete it on your own time. We expect the evaluation of the game to take approximately half an hour to an hour, and a follow up interview to take approximately one hour. Follow up will be conducted either in person, via telephone/Skype, or via email, whichever is preferable to you. You may decline to answer any questions; you may decide to withdraw at any time.


Please see attached Information Letter for more details about the game and the study. If you are interested in participating or would like more information on our project, please contact research assistant Kelly Zhang at


Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ youth in Schools


Subject: Seeking Participants for a Study on Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ youth in Schools


You are being contacted regarding a study that may be of interest to you. I encourage you to share this message with other school personnel who you believe may be interested as well.


Survey of School Counsellors, School Psychologists, and Educators with Regard to GSAs (Gay Straight Alliances)/QSAs (Queer Straight Alliances), and Safe and Inclusive Spaces


I am wanting to conduct surveys and follow-up audio-recorded interviews with school counsellors, school psychologists, and other educators in Alberta schools.


This mixed-methods study is intended to contribute to a greater understanding of how to create safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ youth, as well as determine the barriers faced in creating those spaces.


The expectation is that this study will contribute to approaches to support educators in the development of safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ youth, identify institutional barriers as well as areas for professional development, and improve school policies to support diverse youth.


This study is being done in conjunction with a team of researchers at the University of Calgary that includes myself, Dr. Jac J.W. Andrews, Dr. Tom Strong, Dr. Sharon Robinson, and Vanessa Vegter (Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology).


To participate in this study, click here:



If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact:


Researcher: Andrew Luceno, M.Sc. Student

Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary 

(647) 947-6672 or


Supervisor: Dr. Jac J.W. Andrews 

Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary 

(403) 220-7503 or


The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Dear Members of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta,


I am contacting you to invite you to participate in a research study on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). You are being invited to participate in this research study because you are affiliated with a professional mental health organization (e.g., WCBCT, CPA, APA, ABCT, CACBT, AACBT, BABCP). In this study, we are reaching out to individuals who have professional training in the provision of mental health services (expertise in OCD is not required to participate).


For this study, we are particularly interested in how mental health professionals approach the treatment of OCD. More specifically, we know that OCD is a heterogeneous disorder and that clients may present with a number of different symptoms (e.g., fears of contamination, fears of harming a loved one). Although exposure with response prevention has been shown to be effective in the treatment of OCD, less is known about how this exposure therapy is applied across different OCD presentations. In the current study, we are interested in examining how mental health professionals apply exposure therapy strategies across different OCD presentations.  


It is our hope that we can use the information gathered from mental health professionals such as yourself to help us develop a better understanding of OCD treatments and how they are currently being implemented.


Please see the Participant Information Sheet below for additional information about the study. If you would like to take part in this research, please click on the following link


We thank you for your time and consideration. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.




Dr. Dubravka (Dee) Gavric, C.Psych.

Participant Information Sheet 



Dear Colleagues:

Do you supervise counsellors and psychologists-in-training? If so, do you ask them for feedback about your own supervision? If you do, then this study is for you. If you're interested in participating, please let me know. All interested supervisors will, first, complete a short, 4-item measure of supervision practice and, second, a 30-minute phone interview. This particular study will involve 10-12 registered psychologists who supervise students, interns/residents, and provisionally licensed psychologists.

Your identifying information will be kept confidential. If you are interested in participating and/or have questions, please contact me at for further details.

I greatly appreciate your help and look forward to hearing from you!


Houyuan Luo, Counselling Psychology Ph.D. Candidate (dissertation),

William E. Hanson, Ph.D.,





We are looking for research volunteers!

Are you a practitioner working with older adults?

Are you interested in helping us identify how print or computer based information may help us learn about elder abuse and neglect? The National Initiative in the Care of the Elderly (NICE) is interested in hearing from you.

We would like to talk with you about your experience of using information to learn about elder abuse and neglect. You will be asked to complete two surveys either by print or computer format. You may also be asked to be interviewed either in person or by telephone.


For more information and to see if you qualify,

please call Dr. Sandi Hirst (403) 220-6270 and leave a message or email at your name and telephone number).

We will return your call to explain the study.


This study has been reviewed by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board REB17-0454


Dear Colleague,


I am recruiting Registered Psychologists in the Alberta area to participate in a brief phone interview regarding their experiences conducting suicide risk assessments. If you are a Registered Psychologist who works in the Alberta area who regularly conducts suicide risk assessments, I would be interested in having a one-on-one phone interview with you to gain an understanding of your experience. I believe your experience can help us understand the factors that ameliorate and interfere with the ethical practice of suicide risk assessments.


The phone interview will last 25-30 minutes. Your identifying information (e.g., name, age) will be kept confidential. If you are interested in participating and/or have questions, please contact me ( for further details.


I greatly appreciate your assistance, and look forward to hearing from you!


Jonathan Dubue, Counselling Psychology Masters Student (Thesis),

William E. Hanson, Ph.D.,